By Professor Bo Mou
This quantity investigates how, via severe engagement, the philosophy of Donald Davidson within the Western analytic culture and a few suggestions and strands in chinese language philosophy can together give a contribution to the typical philosophical company, and exhibits how such comparative method of confident engagement is necessary or perhaps necessary commonly philosophical inquiry. The anthology contains 12 formerly unpublished essays via specialists in appropriate parts of research, that are equipped into 5 components respectively on conceptual schemes and cross-cultural figuring out, the main of charity, rationality and normativity, which means and interpretation, and fact crisis and dao quandary. The anthology additionally contains the quantity editor's subject matter advent on how the positive engagement of Davidson's philosophy and chinese language philosophy is feasible.
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Wheeler extends several Davidsonian ideas in order to sketch a Davidsonian ethics. It is a reconstructed Kantianism holding that the normativity implicit in rational interpretation of another agent that maximizes agreement supplies the basis for understanding the normativity of ethical concepts and that the normative is not diﬀerent in ontological or epistemic status from the factual; it is thus a kind of ethical objectivism holding that ethical 26 a theme introduction sentences have truth value, even without a basis in pre-conceptualized desire-stuﬀ.
22 a theme introduction Davidson oﬀers is that which opposes the dualism between scheme and content. However, is the notion of conceptual schemes really incoherent? How is relativism related to the notion of conceptual schemes and the dualism between scheme and content? What are the due implications of Davidson’s point here towards comparative philosophy? Can Davidson’s resources alone be suﬃcient for developing a sound foundation for a creative comparative philosophy which lies at the core of an emerging global philosophy?
Constructive-engagement-concerned orientation aiming at joint contribution to common philosophical issues. The primary purpose of this orientation in comparative studies is to see how, through reﬂective criticism and self-criticism, both sides under comparative examination could jointly and constructively contribute to some commonly concerned issues of philosophy,18 rather than to focus on providing 17 For a detailed and systematic discussion of the distinction between the methodological perspective and the methodological guiding principle and its implications, see Bo Mou (2001), “An Analysis of the Structure of Philosophical Methodology— in View of Comparative Philosophy”, in Bo Mou ed.